Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Reporter’s IS captors taunted family, asked for €100m ransom

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

Sport

Wilko fights lone battle as Toulon stumble again

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-28

Toulon slumped to their second home defeat in as many games on Friday, losing 36-31 to Racing-Metro, despite a commanding performance by England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson.

AFP - England star Jonny Wilkinson kicked 26 points but was unable to prevent big-spending Toulon from crashing to a 36-31 defeat by Racing-Metro on Friday, the club's second home defeat of the season.

Wilkinson kicked eight penalties and converted Argentine flanker Juan Martin Fernandez-Lobbe's 73rd-minute try.

But Racing were worthy winners, scoring three tries through flanker Antoine Battut, Italian centre Andrea Masi and Fiji winger Sireli Bobo as the ambitious Paris side moved into third place in the Top 14 table with a second victory in three games.

Racing also celebrated seeing Argentine star fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez coming off the bench to kick a penalty and convert Bobo's score to register his first points since his summer move from South African Super 14 side Sharks.

Hernandez, who spent five seasons at Stade Francais, replaced Jonathan Wisniewski on the hour mark.

"I am very happy to see Juan on the pitch. It's good to see his return. It gives me a lot of pleasure and I believe the team also," said Racing coach Pierre Berbizier.

"It's always important for a team to win at Toulon, a place where I haven't won very often. It's a great satisfaction for everyone."

Toulon lost their season opener at home to Bayonne but bounced back with a 13-3 win at last season's European Cup finalists Biarritz.

Racing slumped to a 36-19 defeat at Montpellier last week, having opened their campaign with a 23-18 win against Brive.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal was dismayed by his team's latest limp display.

"There wasn't a lot to make me smile. We will go to La Rochelle next and try to take the four points there. I have confidence in the team at the monent, it's a long season," he said.

"But we are not going to draw too many conclusions because we have lost twice at home."
 

Date created : 2010-08-28

  • RUGBY

    Wilkinson inspires Toulon victory on season debut

    Read more

  • RUGBY

    World’s rugby stars flock to France’s Top 14

    Read more

COMMENT(S)